Book Review: Braving the Wilderness

I’ve had Brene Brown’s most recent book on my library list since it released.  Braving the Wilderness is not at all what I expected to read, still, this timely and authentic message is important and worth considering.

Braving the Wilderness was much more political than anything else I’ve read or heard from Brown, but it seems in these recent years that’s hard to avoid. We’ve entered an era where we no longer have the convenience of distancing everyday life from politics and Brown has provided a well thought out and balanced discussion point.

While I’ve always associated the wilderness with the seasons of life where God calls us into a season of growth, Brown takes the wilderness a step further.

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“The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.”

Whether your wilderness is spiritual, emotional, social, or a combination of something that has you searching in solitude I believe Brown’s insights will help you to explore and embrace the season.

 

Brene Brown Braving the Wilderness Quote

Book Review: Hallelujah Anyway

I’ve found that audiobooks are my new favorite way to keep up with all the books on my ever-growing “must read” list. The best difference between an audio and written book is that when an author reads their own words you know without a doubt the tone they meant.

In her most recent book Hallelujah Anyway, Anne Lamott  discusses her life intertwined with Scripture in such a beautiful way she gave me a new perspective of Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Lamott reveals the importance of approaching Scripture with humility and curiosity. Still, she is never afraid to remind the reader she is not perfect. We, humans, are all deeply flawed and it is these flaws which draw us to our Savior and he to us. Reconciliation, self-reflection and self-growth are all covered in this 3-hour audiobook.

That being said, Anne Lamott isn’t for everyone. Her style of writing is journalistic. Her life timeline is highlighted as thoughts arise without much calendar order to them. While one may find this interesting, for others it’s too much to track.

Book Review: Lose the Cape

Lose the Cape Book Review

Today is Launch Day for the third book in the Lose the Cape series. I was lucky to stumble across an opportunity to preview this book and as the mother of two middle school boys I was THRILLED to get reading!

More than that I discovered a whole community including a Podcast.

Lose the Cape – Ain’t Nothing But a Teen Thang! Is a hilarious and realistic compilation of essays the provide perspective on all areas of raising teens. Every chapter I read caused me to chuckle while also taking note of a wise suggestion to tuck away for the future. No stone is left unturned while also presenting scenarios that left me relieved to know “ok good, this is normal”.

Subjects covered include:

  • Sex
  • Body changes (and smells)
  • Social media
  • Communication
  • Helicopter Parenting

 

There are very few spaces these days that balance providing a healthy perspective on daily life and do so with humor. Somehow, the Lose the Cape community has found the balance and they have created a beautiful space for us Mama’s to ask the hard questions and receive the reminders we aren’t alone as we are fumbling through parenting.

We all have fears we’re going to say the wrong thing and send our kid into therapy. Lose the Cape offers helpful tips for experiences every parent encounters without requiring sarcasm. A bonus for me was that reading the essays created an opening for a conversation with my husband. We’re entering this new parenting phase together. It’s hard to know what to talk about and prepare for when it’s new to everyone involved. A few of the chapters in this book brought up situations we hadn’t even considered.

I heard recently that from ages 0-10 we function as Cop for kids. Ages 10-16 we become a Coach and 16+ we transition to Consultant. Entering the Coaching phase has had its starts and stops and yet I’m finding LTC’s community, book, and podcast to be great resources to squash fears and step confidently into a new role.

If you are a parent of a tween or teen I encourage you to check out the Lose the Cape Community and grab a copy of their newest book which is only 99 cents on Kindle today!

 

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